Operations and Digital Business A1 Portfolio Assessment

UOW Leading the Way claret 300 SM

Operations and Digital Business
A1 Portfolio Assessment

Semester 2

MODULE CODE:                     5BDIN001W

MODULE TITLE:            OPERATIONS AND DIGITAL BUSINESS

AVAILABLE ON BLACKBOARD: Week 2: 26th January 2021                           

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Week 7: Monday 1st March 2021 @1.pm via Blackboard

This assessment MUST be undertaken as an individual piece of work.

Learning outcomes addressed
Understand and justify how organizations secure and deploy their resources both in a traditional and digital environment according to their capability and capacity

Understand and evaluate and use business data analysis to provide a range of solutions for a business problem

Use all appropriate information and internet-based technologies available effectively within a professional context

Understand how organisations use technologies to communicate effectively with stakeholders.

Analyse a business situation and provide a number of possible suitable solutions.

Communicate effectively in an appropriate medium and style with regard to audience and desired emotional effect

Report Brief

The portfolio assessment will examine the body of knowledge derived from a range of learning outcomes covered in the module and allows students to undertake research and investigations and make conclusions on business cases. 

Portfolio contents include the following ITEMS WHICH ARE:
(1) simulation game score relating to an operation’s business performance for Module 1 and Module 2 (3 attempts required for each module and 3 screenshots in total provided);
(2) ~550 written words considering the fundamentals of operations management in an applied context drawn from module 1 of the game;
(3) and a further ~550 written words considering a specific applied operational practice as related to a set of critical questions drawn from module 2 of the game. AND

(4) Brief conclusions paragraph (no more than 100 words)

 

Note that the result of the game will not be used to determine your mark for Assessment 1; it is pertinent though that the outcome is used to show that you have learned theoretical and practical perspectives of operations management from the simulation experience.

The Portfolio Assessment should include the topic areas covered in the first 4 weeks of the semester showing your knowledge and understanding of:

  • The current functional purpose of operations management
    • Supply chain management

In Section 1 you must provide three screenshots from the simulation game.

Section 2 Written reflection on operational business decisions made within the game. In section 2 you must present your work in three subsections which are as follows:

  • Identify &Discuss Operations management in the manufacturing context within the simulation game and how it can make a business sustainably profitable
  • Apply theories of operations management in the context of the textile factory that boost customer satisfaction and optimise performance
  • Evaluate the impact of operational decisions in the manufacturing context and discuss how can technology enhance performance

Section 3 – Undertaking supply chain management responsibilities. In section 3 you must present your responses to the tasks and questions based on the context of the factory environment within the game in two subsections which are as follows:

  • In the simulation game you are required to select suppliers from whom you will order the raw materials required for the manufacturing process; identify the major concepts of supply chain management and discuss the way the supplier selection is done to enhance the efficiency of the firm. Provide applied examples of the supplier selection within the simulated environment and reflect on the significance of transparency.  Explain how sustainable business strategy is important when considered individually as well as part of an operational strategic rationale. 
  • Explain the process of managing the fulfilment of the contract and the implications of ‘inspecting quality’. Examine how you address possible disruptions in the normal flow of goods and materials and how you can potentially prevent it or minimize its impact using various operational techniques.

You need to demonstrate understanding of how organizations effectively manage
the range of operational functions and e-business in an evolving business
context, as well ability to reflect on operations principles while making informed suggestions using theories and applied practices with the support of academic sources.

The report must include evaluation and reflection on the practical application of operations management theories and principles with reference to the simulation game (modules 1&2) and supported by findings from academic and practitioner literature. You must use reputable and recognised sources to conduct your research and avoid using obscure websites.

The deadline for the report is Monday, 1st March 2021, 1.00 p.m.

You are allowed multiple attempts at submission leading up to the deadline. You will be able to see your Turnitin similarity score after each attempt’s submission.

Report Organization

The length of the report is 1200 words (+-10%) – The limit excludes game score result reports, title page, table of contents, diagrams, tables, figures, reference list and appendices.

You should write in clear, concise and correct English. Remember to Spell check, Grammar check and Proofread.  As this is a reflection you are allowed to use 1st person when writing.

Format: PDF or word doc, page numbers, 1.5 line spacing, normal margins, Arial 12 point font

Document Name: Ops_Dig_Bus_A1_PORTFOLIO

Assessment title: Operations & Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing

The report should have a suitable structure and may follow the recommended structure:

  • Title Page (state the title, your name, ID and the word count)
  • Disability Statement (if applicable)
  • Table of Contents
  • Section 1 – Simulation Game Score Screenshots
  • Section 2 – Written reflection on operational business decisions made within the game 
  • Section 3 – Undertaking supply chain management responsibilities
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Appendices

Marking Scheme

This is an individual assignment and is worth 50% of the total marks available for this module. Each student must submit an electronic copy of their report to Blackboard. The marking scheme for the report is shown below in general as well as individual aspects broken down in the end:

 Max marks
Introduction10%
Use of theory25%
Analysis/Findings40%
Conclusions 5%
Referencing10%
Presentation and structure10%
Total100%

Please note that marking criteria should not be seen as the structure of the report nor expected headings of your report. You should view the marking criteria as a useful indicator about the level you need to achieve for your work. 

Note that textbook descriptions of methods, tools and techniques will not be given marks, although a brief description or outline of such techniques may be necessary.

Mitigating Circumstances

Students may use the formal Mitigating Circumstances procedures to justify the late submission or non-submission for valid reasons. Pease note that the Module Leader cannot grant any extensions. Any requests should be made to the Mitigating Circumstances Board and supported by appropriate evidence. For more information on this please contact the WBS Registry.

Anonymous Marking (if applicable)

Although in most cases summative assessments are marked anonymously, this one is exempt from that policy. Therefore, you can use your name and ID in the cover page.

Referencing

When writing a report, you will need to support your arguments by referring to published work such as books, journal or newspaper articles, government reports, dissertations and theses, and material from the Internet. All work must be fully referenced and follow the correct referencing style guide. You must include at least 8 references in the report.

It is expected that you use the Westminster Harvard Referencing style within this work. You may want to consult the referencing style guide at Referencing your Work.

Academic Offences

Academic offences, including plagiarism are treated very seriously. Plagiarism must be avoided at all costs and students who break rules, however innocently, will be penalised. All submitted work is passed through ‘Turnitin’ system to determine the originality score.

It is your responsibility as a student to make sure that you understand what constitutes an academic offence, what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Consult the Handbook of Academic Regulations for more information.

Report Feedback

Report feedback will be available end of Week 10. Electronic feedback sheet will appear on blackboard. Further feedback can be given individually if/when necessary. All marks are classed as provisional until approved by the final Examination Board. 

REMEMBER:

It is a requirement that you submit your work in this way.   All coursework must be submitted by 1.00 p.m. (13.00) UK time on the due date.

If you submit your coursework late but within 24 hours or one working day of the specified deadline, 10% of the overall marks available for that element of assessment will be deducted, as a penalty for late submission, except for work which is marked in the range 40 – 49%, in which case the mark will be capped at the pass mark (40%).

If you submit your coursework more than 24 hours or more than one working day after the specified deadline you will be given a mark of zero for the work in question.

The University’s mitigating circumstances procedures relating to the non-submission or late submission of coursework apply to all coursework.

Georgia Markoudi  07.12.2020

Breakdown0-29%30-39%40-49%50-59%60-69%70-79%80-100%
Introduction  10%No meaningful level of introduction with description of a case study/examples meaningless or incomplete. It is copied with no attempt to summarise or paraphrase. No context of the report is covered and outline of key topics missing. Inadequate introduction with incomplete description of a case study/examples with facts, which are poorly summarised and paraphrased with inconsistencies or omissions. Limited context of the report is covered with outline of many key topics missing Very basic introduction with incomplete description of a case study/examples which are summarised and paraphrased, but with inconsistencies or omissions. Context of the report is not clearly set and is missing an outline of many key topics.Adequate introduction with description about a case study/examples with important facts, which are summarised and paraphrased, but with minor inconsistencies or omissions.  Context of the report is set and outlined but may omit some key topics.Very good introduction with description case study/examples with important facts, which are summarised and paraphrased. Context of the report is set and outlined.Excellent introduction with brief of case study/examples with most important and meaningful facts, which are well summarised and paraphrased. Context of the report is well set and clearly outlined.Outstanding/ publishable introduction with brief of case study/examples with most important and meaningful facts, which are well summarised and paraphrased. Context of the report is well set and clearly outlined.
Use of Theory 25%Very poor with no attempt at integration and practical application of theory. No appropriate theory/model is chosen, or choice of models is irrelevant, and application is muddled. Theory/models are not acknowledged or acknowledged incorrectlyPoor integration and practical application of theory. Choice of the selected theory/model is not satisfactory, with other more suitable models should have been chosen. Application of theory/models to a case study/ examples was missing or rudimentary with omissions or errors in its depth, breadth and interpretation. Theory/models are not acknowledged or acknowledged with major errors.Very basic integration and practical application of theory. Choice and relevance of selected theory/models is sufficient, but other more suitable models should have been chosen. Application of theory/models to a case study/examples was basic with omissions or errors in its depth, breadth and interpretation. Theory/models are acknowledged, but with major errors.Good integration and practical application of theory. Choice and relevance of selected theory/models is sufficient, but other suitable models could have been chosen. Application of theory/models to a case study/examples is good but with omissions or errors in its depth, breadth and interpretation. All theory/models are correctly acknowledged, but with errors.Very good integration and practical application of theory. Choice and relevance of selected theory/models is suitable and sufficient. Application of theory/models to a case study/ examples is good but with minor omissions or errors in its depth, breadth and interpretation. All theory/models are correctly acknowledged, with minor errors.Excellent integration and practical application of theory. Choice and relevance of selected theory/models is excellent. Application of theory/models to a case study/ examples is excellent in its depth, breadth and interpretation. All theory/models are correctly acknowledged.  Outstanding/ Publishable integration and practical application of theory. Choice and relevance of selected theory/models is outstanding. Application of theory/models to case study/examples is outstanding in its depth, breadth and interpretation. All theory/models are correctly acknowledged.  
Analysis 40%Inadequate level of findings, analysis and critical evaluation. Descriptive. Lacks evidence of agile methods application and insights.  The breadth, depth and integration of findings/literature/data into work is inadequate.  Some literature irrelevant to topic. Minimal or no attempt at critical evaluation and analysis of evidence expressed with an absence of logical reasoningWeak level of evidence of findings, analysis and critical evaluation, but more development and commentary is needed. May need to do more than describe. Unsatisfactory evidence of insights and focus. The breadth, depth and integration of findings/literature/data into work is very limitedBasic level of evidence of findings, analysis and critical evaluation, but some ideas/points superficially made and will require further development. Superficial insights and focus. The breadth, depth and integration of findings/literature/data into work is limited.Good level of findings, analysis and critical evaluation, but more ideas/points could be addressed and developed further.  Good insights and focus. The breadth, depth and integration of findings/literature/data into the work are good.Very good level of findings, analysis and critical evaluation with few ideas/points could benefit from further development and discussion. Well-developed focused work and insights.  The breadth, depth and integration of findings/literature/data into the work are very good.Excellent level of findings, critical evaluation and analysis of evidence expressed in a well-reasoned and logical manner Highly developed focused work and insights.  The breadth, depth and integration of findings/literature/data into the work is excellent.Outstanding/Publishable level of findings, analysis and critical evaluation with clearly developing and thorough discussion. Highly developed focused work and insights.  The breadth, depth and integration of findings/literature/data into the work is outstanding.
Conclusions 5%Conclusions are muddled. Conclusions are not supported by the findings.  Conclusions are not clearly explained. Conclusions are not supported by the findings.  Conclusions are not clearly explained, and few conclusions are supported by the findings and inconsistent with the interpretation of data.  Conclusions are explained, and some conclusions are supported by the findings but are somewhat inconsistent with the interpretation of findingsConclusions are clearly explained and are mostly supported by the findings.  and are consistent with interpretation of findings.  Conclusions are clearly explained and are all supported by the findings. and are consistent with the interpretation of findings.Conclusions are excellently explained and are all supported by the findings. and are consistent with the interpretation of findings while arguments involved in the main body paragraphs were very well summarized
Structure 10%  Very poor report structure with illogical sections/signposting. Report is poorly written and requires proof reading.  Poor report structure. Writing style is muddled and   not always clear. Standard of proof-reading needs improving, as report has many errors.Basic report structure. Writing style is not always clear. Standard of proof-reading needs improving, as report has a number of errors.Good presentation and structure of the report with flowing sections. Writing is mainly clear. Good standard of proof reading but with some errors.Very good presentation and structure of the report with flowing sections. Fluent academic writing style. Very good standard of proof reading with very few errorsExcellent presentation and structure of the report with flowing sections. Fluent and articulate academic writing style. Excellent standard of proof reading with no or minor errors.Outstanding/Publishable presentation and structure of the report with flowing sections. Proficient and articulate academic writing style. Excellent standard of proof reading with no errors.
References 10%Absence of organisation of material and use of examples to illustrate points and argumentsMajor mistakes and omissions in referencing. Rudimentary citingMinor inconsistences in referencing.Appropriate with minor mistakes in referencing. Accurate referencingContent is drawn from a good range of primary and secondary sources.Excellent, beyond recommended range of sources used, accurate and relevant referencing
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